Office Tabs for Microsoft Office 2003, 2007 and 2010

February 25, 2012

Browsers have enjoyed the benefits of tabs for several years now. I don’t know about you, but I almost always have several tabs open all the time. I also use Microsoft Office all the time and it doesn’t have tabs. If I have more than one file open in Word or Excel, it is somewhat of a hassle to switch between them. Microsoft added tabs to Internet Explorer, so why couldn’t they do the same in Office?

Since Microsoft hasn’t added tabs, we’re going to look to an enterprising third party for a solution. Office Tabs for Microsoft Office 2003, 2007 and 2010 adds tabs to three different versions of Office. It is fully free for personal users with no time limit and no feature limitation. Business users are asked to buy an inexpensive license. I’ve been using this really cool tool for a few days now and I love being able to more quickly switch between open files. Just makes me wonder why such a feature hasn’t already been added by Microsoft.

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  1. bramble

    Corel Wordperfect Office has them of course but it has always been a vastly superior product IMHO!

  2. Foster D. Coburn III

    This post really isn’t about Word vs. WordPerfect. Word does Unicode and WordPerfect doesn’t. That one feature alone is a huge difference. When WordPerfect created their own custom way to do larger character sets back in the DOS days, they were way ahead of the competition. Yet it is that custom character set that is now holding them back. If WordPerfect is the answer for you, fantastic. It isn’t the best answer for me.

  3. Greg FD

    Foster, I downloaded the free version into my Office 2007 products. All worked well until I tried to open a Word document attached in an email. When I clicked on the attachment in Outlook it opened Word but there was no document open. When I saved the file to my desktop I could then open the file with a tab. I removed the software, and then I could open Word attached files right from Outlook. I don’t know if it is something I have configured in my software, but once the program is removed I can open the files right from Outlook. Do you know of any issues with it working within Outlook?

  4. Foster D. Coburn III

    Greg, I’m just a single user so it is hard for me to say if this is normal or not. I’m on Office 2010 and rarely open an attachment directly. With those two differences, I’ve not seen the problem you describe.


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